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Super Bowl XLVII audio: Ravens offense versus 49ers defense

NEW ORLEANS -- The News’ Tim Graham and Jerry Sullivan provide daily audio analysis from the site of the Super Bowl:

Jim Kelly never has watched any of the Bills' four Super Bowl losses

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will appear on the television show "CBS Sunday Morning" on Super Bowl Sunday for a report on the psychology of winning in sports.

"Never have seen a game film in any of the Super Bowls, never watched one," Kelly tells CBS reporter Susan Spencer. "If I went back, I would have to repeat that all over in my mind. ... I'm at ease now. I'm at a peace of mind, peace in my heart now knowing what we accomplished, even though we didn't win them. I feel all right with that."

Spencer also interviews experts on the subject of winning -– and losing.

Kelly on the subject: "There’s always going to be a major emphasis on winning, because that's just the way society is. That's just the way our culture is. That you want to be No. 1 at the end. ... If you're No. 2, at times, there's no doubt No. 2 is looked upon as mediocre, as a person that didn't achieve it, sometimes as losers."

On this date 20 years ago: Don Beebe refused to quit

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Twenty years ago today, Don Beebe became a symbol for showing pride in defeat.

The Dallas Cowboys were rag-dolling the Buffalo Bills, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl. Bills quarterback Frank Reich fumbled. Leon Lett scooped the ball and trampled up the right sideline for what should have been an easy touchdown.

But Beebe didn't give up. He sprinted from behind, and when Lett decided to showboat around the 5-yard line, slowing down and extending the ball in his big right mitt, Beebe chopped it out.

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Kirk Morrison wants to return to Bills, prove what he can do

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Kirk Morrison couldn't get on the field for an historically bad defense that was considered thin at linebacker.

"My knowledge of the game, how many consecutive games I've started over my career," Morrison said, "not to get a start or play significant time was frustrating."

Morrison signed a two-year contract with the Bills in 2011 after starting all but one game in his previous six seasons for the Oakland Raiders, where he was a captain, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Audio: Buffalo Bills and Ray Lewis chatter with Shredd and Ragan

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Ray Lewis' strange journey into the sunset continues to dominate conversations about Super Bowl XLVII.

Shredd and Ragan from 103.3 The Edge checked in with me again this morning to chat about that and what's being said about the Buffalo Bills as the NFL world congregates in New Orleans for Sunday's big game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Brad Smith's foundation gives him important position in hometown

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About a thousand kids around Youngstown, Ohio, have gone through Buffalo Bills receiver Brad Smith's camps and workshops staged by his True Foundation. (Photo: Courtesy True Foundation)

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- What is Brad Smith?

He left college as a record-breaking quarterback, was converted into a wide receiver, was switched back to quarterback and then to receiver again. He's more like a running back when used in Wildcat formations and has excelled as a kick returner.

Whether Smith was with the New York Jets or Buffalo Bills, settling on a label for him has been difficult.

And to about a thousand kids around Youngstown, Ohio, he is called a motivator, a facilitator, an inspiration.

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Super Bowl XLVII audio: Will Andre Reed finally get into the Hall of Fame?

NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills legend Andre Reed is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the seventh consecutive year. Will he finally get selected this year? Listen to Buffalo News writers Mark Gaughan, Jerry Sullivan and Tim Graham discuss Reed's candidacy and the selection process.

Super Bowl XLVII audio: Ray Lewis and deer-antler spray

NEW ORLEANS -- Listen to Buffalo News writers Tim Graham, Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan discuss Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and the most recent accusation against him regarding the alleged use of a banned substance to help speed his recovery from a triceps injury.

Audio: Reviewing two Ray Lewis stories with Shredd and Ragan

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Ray Lewis, deer-antler extract and brotherly rivalries were among the topics in a deep conversation with Shredd and Ragan this morning on 103.3 The Edge.

We talked about the bizarre Sports Illustrated story that alleges Lewis may have used a banned substance to recover from a torn triceps injury.

We also reviewed the back story, as first reported by Deadspin.com, behind my lengthy Lewis feature that ran Sunday in The Buffalo News and how the Washington Post poached the mother of a victim from the double-murder case Lewis was involved in.

West Seneca's Jeremy Kelley signs futures contract with Colts

By Jay Skurski

The list of Western New Yorkers in the NFL went up by one today when West Seneca's Jeremy Kelley signed a reserve/futures contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Kelley, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound receiver, spent the 2012 season with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, making 19 catches for 231 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games. Kelley spent the 2011 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, recording two receptions for 15 yards.

After graduating from West Seneca West, Kelley played four years at the University of Maine. He finished his collegiate career with 13 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown, and was also a special teams contributor.

Reserve/futures contracts are signed by players who were out of the NFL at the end of the 2012 season, or on a team's practice squad. Players like Kelley with such contract will remain in "reserve" until the 2013 NFL league year starts March 12.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | [email protected]


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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